The Campbell River Arts Council invites the community to celebrate Sybil Andrews Day this April 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the Sybil Andrews Cottage in Willow Point. Tea, coffee and cake will be served. Welcoming remarks and a short talk on Sybil will take place at 3 p.m.
Sybil Andrews was born in 1898 in Bury St. Edmunds in England. A renowned artist from the English Futurist Period of the 1920’s and 1930’s, she and her husband Walter Morgan arrived in Campbell River in 1947. Sybil taught art and music in her seaside Cottage in Willow Point for over 40 years. This years featured linocut image is ‘Fleece.’ Hana Leaper notes in her book Sybil Andrews Linocuts: A Complete Catalogue that, “Fleece was inspired by observing Tom Hudson shearing at Hudson’s farm.
Andrews and her class had been invited to sketch at the farm by Hudson’s wife, Maris, a long-time pupil of hers and indeed several photographs exist of them together.” She also noted, “Eight [trial proofs] were printed but no edition was created. The print was discarded during proofing in 1985 and the blocks destroyed.” Also, a reproduction of ‘Fleece’ will featured on the cake that the Mayor will cut at 3 p.m. The cake has been kindly provided by Thrifty’s Foods.
The Museum at Campbell River has one of the rare existing prints of ‘Fleece’ (shown right) The original print will be at the Cottage for viewing between 2-4 p.m.